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Three things we learned at the CEMR Congress, Nicosia

1. Can technology reduce corruption?

After embroiling several government leaders from around the world and provoking the resignation of the Prime Minister of Iceland, the Panama Papers and corruption were a hot topic. It was notable that a mayor from Iceland, Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson, from the city of Akureyri, opened a session on local governance and corruption.

He outlined how, since 2012 when a code of ethics was signed, local government has moved to participatory budgeting, and his council now includes a citizens’ board of seven to nine members to boost transparency and reduce corruption.

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